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The Top 10 Solar States & How Utilities Are Fighting Them

Rob Sargent | Posted 07.26.2016 | Green
Rob Sargent

With three solar panels installed for every two Nevadans, Nevada now has more solar capacity per person than any other state.

There's A Civil War Being Fought On Your Rooftop

Carl Pope | Posted 01.28.2017 | Green
Carl Pope

Utilities don't mind that solar is renewable, zero carbon, and enjoys free fuel -- as long as they own it. But solar is also modular and decentralized, which they hate. They don't want to compete with their own customers.

Disrupting the Business of Energy Delivery

Rich Nadworny | Posted 12.06.2016 | Business
Rich Nadworny

When we think of innovative people in the state of Vermont, it's hard not to find Mary Powell, CEO of Green Mountain Power, at the top of everyone's l...

4 Ways Smart Utility Companies Can Join the Renewable Revolution (Rather than Opposing it and Ending Up as Road Kill)

R.F. Hemphill | Posted 05.07.2016 | Green
R.F. Hemphill

Today's utility doesn't have to fail, and can even lower the long run costs to its customers. But if the leadership doesn't move quickly and aggressively to meet the challenges of the Renewable Revolution, the next CEO will, and he or she will be there soon.

5 Reasons Utility Companies Hate Renewables

R.F. Hemphill | Posted 05.06.2016 | Green
R.F. Hemphill

Utilities have thrived over the last sixty five years by building bigger and bigger power plants, based on the reasonable principle that there are economies of scale in bigness, and fuel costs were trivial.

6 Facts About the Impending Renewable Energy Revolution

R.F. Hemphill | Posted 06.16.2015 | Green
R.F. Hemphill

There is good news about renewable energy, and it matters to all electricity consumers -- which means all of us. So why am I qualified to share these facts with you?

Some Utilities Are Making it Cheaper to Drive Electric Cars

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 01.11.2015 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

Some utility companies are starting to encourage consumers to make the switch to plug-in electric vehicles (EVs).

Big Utilities Want In On The Residential Solar Industry

Reuters | Nichola Groom | Posted 12.22.2014 | Green

Oct 22 (Reuters) - For years, the utilities responsible for providing electricity to the nation have treated residential solar systems as a threat. ...

Hypocrisy and Cronyism in the 'Sunshine' State

Brian Holton Henderson | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Brian Holton Henderson

Florida ranks third in the nation for solar potential, but is currently not in the top 10 solar-producing states.

4 Unexpected Times Your Credit May Be Checked

Credit Karma | Posted 09.07.2014 | Money
Credit Karma

When it comes to your financial health, your credit score is one of those things that'll just keep seeking you out. It's tempting to think that your credit score or credit health will only come into play when you're looking for a mortgage or a new credit card. The truth is that your credit information can be checked far more often than you might think.

Former Energy Secretary Has Some Strong Words For HECO | Posted 03.26.2014 | Hawaii


Utility Interests Push Protectionism in the State of Washington

Gabe Elsner | Posted 04.28.2014 | Green
Gabe Elsner

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) recently released a model resolution calling for the weakening of solar net metering policies that threaten the traditional utility industry business model.

Solar Battery Backup Customers Want Security, Not Profit

Dan R. Fink | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Dan R. Fink

When the electric grid goes down into a blackout, the consequences can be very serious for utility customers. Essential medical equipment such as oxyg...

Hurricane Sandy and the Human Cost of Utility Deregulation

Julie Gutman Dickinson | Posted 12.29.2013 | Politics
Julie Gutman Dickinson

The anniversary of Hurricane Sandy offers us an opportunity to start fixing the country's utility crisis. This will only happen, however, if Americans demands accountability from the large companies that too often are putting their own profits before the public good.

New Mexico Is Drenched in Solar-Sunshine, so What's With All the Coal PNM?

Belinda Waymouth | Posted 09.08.2013 | Green
Belinda Waymouth

The Public Service Company of New Mexico is taking tottering baby-steps when it comes to solar energy. PNM has a mere 1 percent of solar on its renewable energy books -- ironic when New Mexico's state flag boasts a blazing yellow sun.

Greeks Stand Up to Protect Their Water From Privatization

Daniel Moss | Posted 04.03.2013 | Home
Daniel Moss

Greece knows a thing or two about democracy. And as an increasingly arid nation, good water management is fundamental to its future, both political and physical. The recent financial crisis hasn't only tested Greek democracy, but its water as well.

Banding Together

Ralph Nader | Posted 03.13.2013 | Business
Ralph Nader

As technology has evolved, so should our expectations about how Congress and state legislatures can advance civic values and consumer interests by facilitating people banding together in effective citizen groups.

Utility Worker Allegedly Fixed Ex-Wife's Power While Leaving Other Houses Dark

Posted 11.13.2012 | Business

Apparently it pays to have friends working in powerful places. A PSE&G worker allegedly restored electricity to his ex-wife’s house in Manville, ...

Hurricane Sandy Power Restoration: The Last 60 Feet

Dr. Thomas D. Phelan | Posted 01.12.2013 | New York
Dr. Thomas D. Phelan

Why are some people still without power? The power grid consists of the transmission lines, distribution lines, and the last few feet from the pole to your home or business. Where this cable reaches your home is the separation point of utility responsibility and customer responsibility.

Utility Executives: Unlikely Allies in Climate Fight

Brian F. Keane | Posted 08.28.2011 | Green
Brian F. Keane

New Commerce Secretary John Bryson will bring both private sector and environmental expertise to the administration. He faces the task of expanding U.S. exports and increasing competitiveness.

Keeping Up (and Down) With the Joneses

Sam Sommers | Posted 08.05.2011 | Green
Sam Sommers

Doesn't it seem possible that finding out you use less energy than average would relieve pressure you might otherwise feel to cut back?

Ameren Seeks Utility Rate Hike Despite 150 Percent Profit Increase

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Ameren, the electric and gas utility, is seeking $130 million in increased rates from its Illinois customers. While no one likes to pay more bills, ...

Utilities Under Siege

Hilary Kramer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Hilary Kramer

Energy regulators in this country should be guardians of the public trust and competent enough to ensure our long-term energy needs are met. In many recent cases, it appears neither is true.

Free Allowances to Utilities Are Not Dividends to Consumers

Mike Sandler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mike Sandler

It would be as if the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 legislated monetary policy through 1940. Ridiculous, right? I mean, who had the crystal ball to predict that Great Depression thing?

The Empire Strikes Back

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

We need to act quickly to educate members of the Senate that coal ash is a hazardous substance and should be regulated as such.